Yang seizes three-shot lead at U.S. Women's Open

Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:37pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Amy Yang made four successive birdies on the back nine to claim a three-stroke lead at Friday's halfway mark of the U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club.

South Korea's Yang added a sparkling four-under 66 to her opening 67 for a seven-under-par total of 133.

The 25-year-old Yang, the Open runner-up in 2012 who was tied for first after 54 holes last year, began zeroing in with her irons, taking dead aim at the flags and sinking four successive birdie putts from the 11th hole.

Yang capped her birdie spree by knocking an eight-iron to one foot at the 14th.

"I drove the ball really well," said Yang, looking for her first major. "I kept my ball on the fairway and close to the pin."

Tied for second on 137 were world number three Stacy Lewis, who shot 67, and Japanese Tour player Shiho Oyama, who fired a 66 that featured four birdies on her second nine.

"I feel really great and then I'm so excited to play after two more days," said Oyama. "Chip shot is good, putting is good, everything, I have a confidence."

Lewis, who finished second to Michelle Wie last year, also got hot on her second nine, making three birdies to move within two of Yang before taking a bogey at the last out of a greenside bunker.   Continued...

Jul 10, 2015; Lancaster, PA, USA; Amy Yang walks on the eighteenth hole with caddie David Poitevent during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club.   Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports